Studio Pierrot’s tennis-themed anime is one of the best sports anime of this decade. For years, fans have been waiting for Baby Steps Season 3. However, rumors say that the sequel is probably canceled. Will it ever return? What’s in the future of this heart-warming anime series? Can fans save it? Hence, here are the answers to all your burning questions.
Baby Steps is one of the finest tennis manga series ever. It began serialization back in 2008 and continued for a whopping total of 47 volumes until December 2017. The critically acclaimed storyline was picked up for an anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot. The 25-episode first season aired between April and September 2014. Within a few weeks of its release, the anime won the hearts of thousands of viewers and became a fan-favorite. As a result, the studio took no time to renew the second installment, which debuted in April 2015.
Baby Steps Season 3: Renewed Or Canceled?
As of now, Studio Pierrot has neither renewed nor canceled the third season. While many fans are raising questions about the anime’s future, the studio hasn’t answered any of them. However, rumors say that the anime might be on the verge of cancelation. Well, the main reason behind the same lies in the abrupt end of its source material. Kodansha called off the Baby Steps even though it was selling off pretty well back in 2017.
An MAL comment revealed that the publishing company unnecessarily fired mangaka Hikaru Katsuki. The commenter went on to say that the manga was canceled because Weekly Shonen wanted to change genres. This comes out to be very unjust to the writer as well as the readers since the story wasn’t complete and had much potential to continue for a few more years. While none of this has been confirmed by any official source, the abrupt end to Baby Steps is still shocking for its fans.
Now that the manga has ended, the chances for the return of Baby Steps Season 2 have also decreased. Most of the time, studios produce anime adaptations only to promote their source material. Likewise, Baby Steps’ second season was greenlit just when its manga’s sales were at the peak. Considering that there is no content to promote, Baby Steps Season 3 will find it hard to get producers.
Yet, considering the popularity of the franchise, the renewal of another season is still likely. If enough fans are protesting for the sequel, Pierrot or any other studio might take the risk. Hence, there is still hope for Baby Steps Season 3.
Baby Steps Season 3 Release Date
Currently, Studio Pierrot or any company related to the anime’s production has not greenlit the third season. However, even if they renew it right away, the new episodes may take a few years to arrive. As of now, a 2023 release date seems the most likely. Keep an eye on this corner for all future updates.
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